Congratulations to Italy. This will be great for gymnastics in that country.
It was an error filled finals. Here are the results of the Women’s All-around:
1. Vanessa Ferrari – Italy
2. Jana Bieger – USA
3. Sandra Raluca Isbassa – Romania
4. Steliana Nistor – Romania
5. Daria Joura – Australia
6. Panpan Pang – China
7. Hollie Dykes – Australia
8. Beth Tweddle – UK
official results – FIG (.pdf file)
Not everyone was happy with the outcome:
Romanian coach Nicolae Forminte lashed out at the judges at the world gymnastics championships after Vanessa Ferrari was declared the winner of the women’s all-round contest despite falling off the beam.
“Apparently you have to fall off an apparatus in order to become world champion. It’s laughable,” he told reporters on Thursday.
“In the whole history of gymnastics, it never happened that a gymnast who falls won the world title.”
… Forminte was critical of the judging process since both Bieger and his charge, Romania’s Sandra Izbasa who finished with bronze, did not fall off from any of the four apparatus but were still outscored by the Italian.